Montana ranks 4th in US for DUI citations
BUTTE, Mont. - Montana is ranked fourth on the list for 10 worst states for problems with drivers under the influence of alcohol, according to a new study by BackgroundChecks.org.
However, officials in Butte are working hard to prevent DUIs and the numbers prove just that.
According to Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement, Butte had 202 DUIs in 2014. That number dropped to 193 in 2015 and down to 183 in 2016.
Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester told us Thursday extra patrol officers assigned to work during holidays and events have contributed to the decline.
Lester says the decline could also be because of other sources outside of law enforcement.
"Over the last three years we have seen our numbers declining but not as fast as we would like," Lester said. "A lot of that is because of the availability of taxis and Uber."
"There are some bars that will pay for your ride home," he added.
Authorities also told us they expect the number of DUI citations to continue to drop going forward.